I always thought George Will was one of the least offensive conservatives out there mainly because he’s not one of those crazy religious zealots who believes Jesus is coming back in his lifetime to kill the gays with his Christ-powered laser vision.
Instead he belongs to that small group of well-dressed, east coast, Ivy League-educated rich kids who are Republicans because they resent having to pay taxes on their investment income.
I’ve often thought that Will and other conservatives like him really have more in common with ‘the liberal elite’ than with the typical Republican voter. And George’s latest article in the Washington Post further solidifies this belief.
Will, ever the dapper dresser, drapes praise on Daniel Akst for his WSJ article attacking Americans for their poor choice of trousers – specifically those made of denim. And while Akst may make a reasonable observation about Americans who, I’ll agree, tend to be fairly poorly dressed compared to their European counterparts – Will’s arguments take the case way past the point of simple observation, into the realm of insult, and back around firmly into conservative country – a land of exclusion and resentment toward people who do things differently.
Writer Daniel Akst has noticed and has had a constructive conniption. He should be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has earned it by identifying an obnoxious misuse of freedom. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, he has denounced denim, summoning Americans to soul-searching and repentance about the plague of that ubiquitous fabric, which is symptomatic of deep disorders in the national psyche.
“An obnoxious misuse of freedom” for wearing jeans?
When the KKK claims their freedom of speech rights allow them to hold public rallies hating on African Americans – that is an obnoxious misuse of freedom.
When homophobic preachers claim their freedom of religion rights allow them to spew nasty, anti-gay garbage – THAT is an obnoxious misuse of freedom.
But wearing jeans at the airport? Come on. Grow up.
And what the fuck is this crap about the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
Writing a silly article for the WSJ hardly meets the requirements for receiving the medal of freedom…
“This great honor is reserved for individuals the President deems to have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
By those rules the guy who invented blue jeans should actually get the medal. Not the guy who rips on one of the biggest cultural trends in recent American history.
I think I’m going to take the opinion of one of the most respected fashion designers of the 20th century instead of the pretentious fucks who write for the WSJ:
“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” ? Yves Saint Laurent